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Program Details

  • Award: Bachelor of Science
  • Credits: 120
  • Delivery: Face-to-face where some online courses may be available or required.
  • WIA Certified
  • Emphases:
  • Preprimary, Credits: 15
  • Modern Language, Credits: 15
  • Social Studies, Credits: 15

About this Program

Students in this program study a broad base of content and pedagogical knowledge to become skilled teachers in elementary classrooms. They engage in clinical field experiences in area schools at each stage of their education courses, culminating in a student teaching experience. This process allows them to apply for a Minnesota teaching license in grades K-6. In addition, each elementary education major chooses a specialty area to expand his or her expertise to either young children or young adolescents. A pre-primary specialty allows students to work with children age 3 through kindergarten in addition to the K-6 license. A middle school specialty extends the license through eighth grade in a specific content area (math, science, social studies, communication arts and literature, or world languages). A collaborative program between Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSU) and Normandale Community College offers K-6 preparation, with three areas of middle school (5-8) specialty offered on site: Mathematics, Science, and Communication Arts and Literature.

Program Locations

  • Minnesota State University, Mankato 56002
  • Normandale Community College 55431

Labor Market Information

  • Preschool Teachers

  • Median wage: $15.57/hour-Below the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
  • Elementary School Teachers

  • Median wage: $58,024/year-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
  • Kindergarten Teachers

  • Median wage: $53,538/year-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato
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